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Sony Announces New Blu-ray Players, at a Steep Price

Sony announced two new BD-Live (Profile v2.0) ready Blu-ray players, priced at $400 and $500. The BDP-S350, which will ship sometime in the summer for $400, will feature 1080p24/60 output via HDMI, one Ethernet port and decoding of 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD.

The high-end BDP-S550, which will ship this fall, will cost $500 and will feature in addition to the slightly cheaper S350 1GB of persistent storage and decoding of DTS-HD High Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as 7.1 analog outs. Both models have an external port for adding local storage and will support Bonus View for viewing picture-in-picture content.

Both models were showcased yesterday in Las Vegas, and they were previously showed as prototypes at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January, but at that time no timeline or model numbers were disclosed.

"Building on the exceptional picture and sound quality of previous players, Sony's next-generation Blu-ray Disc models bring exciting interactive features to life and offer consumers a ground-breaking experience," said Chris Fawcett, VP of marketing for Sony Electronics' Home Product Division.

"These new devices bring home movie experience beyond the cinema and into a whole new realm of entertainment," he says.

The question here is why in the world would anybody buy the BDP-S350, which has the same features as the Blu-ray-packing PlayStation 3? The only thing lacking in the PS3 is a bitstream audio output, but you can compromise if you think you get a powerful gaming console for free. It looks like just weeks after it won the high-definition format war, Sony is out to rip off customers
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No suprises there. But I own a PS3 instead, far cheaper.
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The players aren't going to suddenly be cheap overnight. The blu-ray group will be liscencing the technology to many companies, who will then make cheap players with it. This will take a little bit of time.

Around the time HD-DVD players get out of stock compleatly, I expect some $200 Blu-Ray players to be out.
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nice find.

as i said all along, no way this "end of the format war" would lower prices on anything Blu-Ray. why would they? Sony own part of a monopoly now, for the time being at least.

as much as the haters are gonna explode in this thread...you gotta admire Sony's business smarts they dont get where they are doing SFA.
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At that price might as well get a PS3
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Although I've stated repeatedly that I'm not a big fan of Sony, I don't see these prices as unrealistically high. It's a new revision to new tech, it's gonna be at a premium for a while. I won't pay that much but early adopters expect and accept the higher prices. I'm sure Sony has ran the numbers a billion times by now, and they know exactly how much people are willing to pay.

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The question here is why in the world would anybody buy the BDP-S350, which has the same features as the Blu-ray-packing PlayStation 3? The only thing lacking in the PS3 is a bitstream audio output, but you can compromise if you think you get a powerful gaming console for free.
Simple answer...not everyone wants a PS3. I'm not a console gamer. If I was, I'd have a Wii or a 360 and a good HDTV instead of 3 computers.
 
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Define an early adopter .. these formats have now been out for years now! So producing only high-end devices able to play your format is simply unacceptable. I like sony products, but only in some departments (e.g. some of their laptops and audio players). This, i dislike to the ground.
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Although I've stated repeatedly that I'm not a big fan of Sony, I don't see these prices as unrealistically high. It's a new revision to new tech, it's gonna be at a premium for a while. I won't pay that much but early adopters expect and accept the higher prices. I'm sure Sony has ran the numbers a billion times by now, and they know exactly how much people are willing to pay.



Simple answer...not everyone wants a PS3. I'm not a console gamer. If I was, I'd have a Wii or a 360 and a good HDTV instead of 3 computers.
Yeah but why not get a PS3 anyway for a Blu-ray player.

PS3 = Blu-ray + games + mulitmedia for a cheaper price
Blu-ray player = Blu-ray player and not much else lol

I would much rather go for a cheaper alternative that also offers me alot more...wouldnt you ? lol
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lol I think this is hilarious.... sony sucks so much.
"hey guys, look, HD-DVD went out of business! Lets jack the prices up now! hooray for monopolies!"
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